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Raymond exposed! Kirsty transforms the Menston deli with some blanc magic. Menston dancers at F1

A brief rest for Kirsty on Saturday

Ey up! There’s a Yorkshire lass in Menston who’s bringing a bit of French into the village, French with a Yorkshire accent. Last night was the ‘grand opening’ – we should perhaps say reopening – of the Menston deli after frantic ‘shop fitting’, sorting, painting, cooking and making an alcoholic fizz (elder flower ‘champagne’ ) for the night by new owner Kirsty Richardson, staff, friends and her partner, a real French chef, Lionel Strub (Lio), chef/owner of the Clarendon Hotel in Hebden and well-known as former owner of the Mirabelle in Harrogate.

Many of us are familiar with Kirsty’s French street food, and many other international cuisines including Italian and a range of Asian, but always with a twist ‘à la Kirsty’.

It’s an exciting development for the village, building on the deli, catering and occasional ‘bistro’ evenings pioneered by Gareth and Audra Andrews over the past 13 years. Kirsty will be transforming a damp, dark cellar into a cosy restaurant and space for her popular cooking lessons; the deli with coffee shop upstairs will remain of course, with the popular ‘al fresco’ area in front.

As always on this site, click any picture to see them all larger as a slide show

Yorkshire appreciation of Raymond Blanc

As for Raymond, we’ll let Kirsty tell the story: “So the story is … I watched a tv show in the 1980s where Raymond Blanc took a Yorkshire miner around various kitchens and he’d always say ‘Très bon Raymond’ in a Yorkshire accent. With Lionel Strub’s work with the Goût de France project we worked with Raymond and 23 other French chefs at the French ambassador’s private residence to promote French cooking around the world. I told him about my street food van and that I’d called it Très Bon Raymond. He thought it was funny and wished me ‘bonne chance!’. I’ve met him several times since.”

F1 grand priX Silverstone & summer break

It’s always a delight to go to ‘Miss Stephanie’s’ dance classes; the joy of dancing, the fun, shines through the hard work. The last session before the summer break for the Menston class in its new home in the Parish room after 21 years in Kirklands (see 28 June post) had an air of expectant excitement as most of the girls pictured will be dancing in front of crowds at the British F1 Grand Prix next Saturday. Last year it was before a capacity crowd in Wembley Stadium. “

Left to right. Back row: Tilly, Lilli, Niamh, Miss Stephanie, Maria. Front row: April, Mollie, Kenix, Josephine, Jenny. Showing us some of the gestures, six who will be dancing at the F1 British Grand Prix

Future Posts

Unfortunately Becky Bond has found herself unable to do the regular monthly posts mentioned last week; that above on the deli was intended to be the first. In this situation this site will sadly revert to only, perhaps if possible, covering ‘major events’. Regular posting is suspended for the moment.


For more on Goût de France/Good France go to: http://us.france.fr/en/goodfrance2017

Becky Bond is writing for you Menston. Give her a welcome. Bleach Mill charity day

Here’s the first post from Becky Bond, taking a little time off  from Radio Leeds, the Yorkshire Post and Families magazine to introduce herself briefly, as announced a week ago. Her first real post will follow soon (see below). She’s asking for your help by suggesting who among the many extraordinary characters we have or have had in the village she might write about in her inimitable way. Please give her a bit of support; the best way would be to make an encouraging comment and/or a ‘like’; to do this you can log in with your email address or your Facebook account if you don’t have a WordPress account.


 

 

 

 

First of all, thanks to Roger for the earlier introduction. He said I was funny, but don’t get your hopes up. Let’s not forget that Roger’s in his eighties, so he probably just mishears most of what I say.

But he was right in the fact that I’m going to be posting the odd thing on this site from time to time (around once a month). It would have been more, but my teenage aspiration of marrying someone rich went tits-up so I pretty much work full time.

There are some amazing people living in our village and I’d like to use this website to share their stories. So drop me a line if you or someone in Menston is doing something fun, interesting or noteworthy. It doesn’t have to be recent, it could be from way back. Nor does it have to be an event. I’d like to hear about the love of your life, a regret, a hobby, a confession even. And don’t be shy – I’ll provide wine or biscuits.

I’m going to kick off though by crashing Kirsty Richardson’s Deli takeover in a couple of weeks – mainly because she’s a great cook and there’s something fizzy on offer. But in general, I’ll leave all the bunisessy stuff to the brilliant MBA website (https://www.facebook.com/groups/menstonba/). I definitely WON’T be writing about building regulations or dog poo, but, I might consider a piece on swingers. So if you know any…

If you want to have a nosy at other things I’ve written, www.beckybondwrites.com pretty much covers it.

Hope to hear from you soon.


You can write to Becky at:
menston.village.wharfedale@gmail.com

Bleach Mill House charity day

Don’t forget the annual charity day at Bleach Mill House, again raising money for 10 year old Charlotte Wormald, this year specifically for a special suit costing around £1,000 which helps Charlotte to have a more comfortable day. Pop down and have a word with Charlotte, a delightful little girl despite her problems. Great home-made cakes, tea, coffee and cordials. Every penny raised goes to the cause.

Events listings and static info to be maintained; blog posts suspended

As advised earlier, blog posts on this site are suspended for the time being, though major village events may be covered as in the past.

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Events and Imminent Events listings will be maintained if information is received in time and in a suitable format – email menstonvillagewharfedale@gmail.com – along with static information like contact details for organisations, village businesses and the like. These will be updated over the near future, beginning with the Events listings.

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The ability to comment on and/or ‘like’ postings and pages will continue.

Winner of Village Bakery Fathers’ Day competition; charity concert tonight; Menston classic car at Harewood; help tidy Menston for ‘in bloom’ judging

Katie Pratt's winning drawing, on display in the Village Bakery window.

Katie Pratt’s winning drawing, on display in the Village Bakery window.

Congratulations to Katie Pratt on being chosen as the winner of the Village Bakery’s Fathers’ Day drawing competition. A lot of thought and work obviously went into her drawing. Lucky Dad!

All entrants were able to collect a free cupcake yesterday.

Prince Henry’s charity musical performance

A late reminder that there’s a musical performance this evening at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, supporting Menston charity Angels for Children. At 7.00pm, the event features Prince Henry’s senior performance students. Tickets are £5 (£3 concessions), on the door or from http://www.jumblebee.co.uk/phgstickets.

Menston village classic MG gets 2nd

Daimler Dart, Steve Ellams' MG TD and an MG A at the Yorkshire Post Classic Car & Vehicle Rally.

The MG TD  shown in the middle in the picture at the Yorkshire Post Classic Car and Vehicle Rally at Harewood House got a ‘runner up’ in the sports car category. Menston owner Steve Ellams says he got a ‘third’ when he attended the show with this MG 21 years ago so is hoping for a win at the show in 2036 though he’s worried about being able to get into and out of the car at 84! The picture also shows a “stunning” Daimler Dart and MG A.

Menston in Bloom judging

Strawberry teas waiting to go at the Menston in Bloom annual eventVery windy but nevertheless much better weather than last year for Menston in Bloom‘s annual strawberry tea and plant sale, this year at the Mackenzies’ in Park Road. The picture shows strawberry teas waiting to go out – delicious!

The Yorkshire in Bloom judges will be in Menston on 10 July so it’s not too early to be tidying wherever you can. There are sure to be more formal ‘work sessions’ before judging day and any help will be very welcome. Email Gemma Kelmanson (gemmaspace@tiscali.co.uk ) for details.

 

Livening up of the Parish Council? England rugby’s head coach Stuart Lancaster at St Mary’s. Who’s getting free cupcakes? Bleach Mill House charity day. And …

St Mary's Menston sports award winner Ciaran Hammond with England Rugby Head Coach Stuart Lancaster; see below

St Mary’s Menston sports award winner Ciaran Hammond with England Rugby Head Coach Stuart Lancaster; see below

The rumoured ‘enhancement’ of the ‘new’ Parish Council seems to have happened; Steve Ellams, seasoned campaigner against inappropriate housing development, has been co-opted to join Councillor Philip Moore with some kind of planning brief and Alan Elsegood, also seasoned greenfield preservist, has joined to add his airport noise expertise to that of new Councillor Lilias McCulloch. Future Parish Council meetings promise to be more lively than in the past so could be worth a visit to the next. Add to that the rumoured withdrawal of Barratt from the forthcoming Judicial Review proceedings and maybe we can for the first time see positive signs of saving Menston from the disgracefully careless activities of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Menston Action Group is looking for more money for legal fees to keep the battle going.

Click the following to see a Report on aircraft noise Alan has produced for the Council.

Waiting for winners and cupcakes

Owner of the Village Bakery Trish and helper Sue (from Bleach Mill House) outside the bakery with the entries to the shop's Fathers' Day competition on display in the window

Owner of the Village Bakery Trish (right) and helper Sue (from Bleach Mill House) with the entries to the shop’s Fathers’ Day competition on display

The Village Bakery’s Fathers’ Day children’s drawing competition closed to entries on Monday and the winner will be announced on Friday. All entrants will be entitled to collect a free cupcake. Suggestion for a Fathers’ Day present? A chocolate cake would go down well with most, but get your order in to Trish early.

Teechers at Highroyds

A reminder that there’s another great theatre production at the Highroyds Sports & Social Club on 26 June. The John Godber play ‘Teechers’ with the ‘Happy to be here theatre company’ promises a good night out for a bargain price. Ticket details under the ‘Events’ menu.

Rugby Union Head Coach at St. Mary’s

England Rugby Union Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster, visited St Mary’s Menston on Tuesday to present this year’s annual Jamie Payne-Ross Award “For Outstanding Achievement in Sport for a Year 8 Boy”. What an event for the school in this Rugby World Cup year! Stuart is currently preparing the England team for the World Cup.

Photo with Mrs Hammond, award winner Ciaran Hammond's mother; Catherine Hammond Ciaran’s sister; Colleen Payne-Ross; Adam Payne-Ross; Ciaran Hammond; Mr Hammond (Ciaran’s father); Stuart Lancaster, England Rugby Union Head Coach; David Geldart, Assistant Headteacher; Craig Thornton, Faculty Leader, PE and Sport; Megan Casey, School Rugby Ambassador); Darren Beardsley, Headteacher.

L to r: Mrs Hammond, award winner Ciaran Hammond’s mother; Catherine Hammond, Ciaran’s sister; Colleen Payne-Ross; Adam Payne-Ross; Ciaran Hammond; Mr Hammond (Ciaran’s father); Stuart Lancaster, England Rugby Union Head Coach; David Geldart, Assistant Headteacher; Craig Thornton, Faculty Leader, PE and Sport; Megan Casey, School Rugby Ambassador; Darren Beardsley, Headteacher.

The Award was presented to Ciaran Hammond. It is presented annually at the school in memory of Jamie Payne-Ross, who died in a tragic accident in December 1993. The Award is for outstanding achievement in sport for a Year 8 boy (12-13 year old) and was presented to the school by Jamie’s mother Colleen and elder brother Adam. Previous presenters have included the Kaiser Chiefs.

Assistant Headteacher, David Geldart said: “Stuart clearly recognised how important this is to the school community and had no hesitation in agreeing to present the prestigious award. His presentation to the students was truly inspirational.”

Craig Thornton, Faculty Leader of PE and Sport at the school said: Ciaran brings to life the St. Mary’s values and epitomises everything which is good about the school. He will always give his best, irrespective of the activity and will support and encourage others around him. The only thing which surpasses his talent is his compassion and empathy for his fellow competitors. Ciaran is a member of the school’s John Paul II Foundation for Sport Leadership Academy and has already demonstrated outstanding ability in this area. Ciaran is an all-round sportsman with a desire to act upon any advice given. He is indeed a worthy winner of this award.”

Year 8 students Finlay Jezzard and Sam Clifford-Hassan provided musical performances during the event.

Support Charlotte with a slap-up tea!

Poster for the Bleach Mill House charity day in July, showing Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald which the day will support

Poster for the Bleach Mill House charity day in July, showing Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald which the day will support

This year’s Bleach Mill House (BMH) charity event will be raising funds for Menston youngster Charlotte Wormald, now eight years old, who has a very severe form of cerebral palsy. Charlotte needs a lot of specialised equipment and regular specialised treatment to continue to improve her mobility and other abilities, all very costly, so let’s help BMH hostess Sue Richmond to her aimed for record for money made on the day. It’s not too early to put the date – Saturday 11 July, 10 till 4 – in your diary now. Apart from the annual charity day Sue raises money throughout the rest of year for the Teenage Cancer Trust so a regular visit down one of the most beautiful of Menston’s walks for tea, coffee and cakes, or a full English breakfast with ‘double yolkers’, will help Sue set her hoped for other record.

New Village Notice Board

Photo of the new Menston Community Association noticeboard, utside the library, which is gradually coming together. Notices of future events in Menston or by Menston organisations (max A4) can be posted in the right hand pane; leave them at Smallprint, Solo or Ribston & Pippin.

The new Menston Community Association notice board, outside the library, is gradually coming together. Notices of future events in Menston or by Menston organisations (max A4) can be posted in the right hand pane; leave them at Smallprint, Solo or Ribston Pippin.

Happy Easter Menston!

Some beautiful Easter eggs to celebrate Easter

A basket of decorated eggs from the Bucovina in northern Romania.

Decorated eggs from the Bucovina in northern Romania (click the picture to see it larger).

The eggs pictured above are from Romania, where many people as Orthodox Christians will celebrate Easter next week rather than this.

The eggs are often referred to as ‘painted eggs’ but they are not ‘painted’ at all, but either successively dyed in different colours after masking areas with bees’ wax, as are most of those in the basket, or decorated just with bees’ wax, as the two on either side of the basket. The eggs are in fact blown duck egg shells. You may have seen some in the lovely Easter window display at the Village Bakery (see below) over the past few days (watch out for a Tour de Yorkshire display soon).

Decorated eggs in the Village Bakery display

 

Decorated eggs in the Village Bakery Easter display

 

 

 

 

Some of the talented artists in the Bucovina, almost all of them women living with their families on smallholdings and none of them trained artists, do indeed paint eggs with wonderful miniature pictures; an example – of the Crucification – was posted on Friday and is shown again below. The others below are decorated just with bees’ wax.

Three 'written' eggs, decorated just with bees' wax, and one truly 'painted' egg from the Bucovina, Romania

Three ‘written’ eggs, decorated just with bees’ wax, and one truly ‘painted’ egg from the Bucovina, Romania

The Bucovina women say they ‘write’ the eggs, and the process – all completely freehand – is indeed more like writing with molten bees’ wax. To download a Word document with a bit more about the eggs and the tradition click Eggs1.

Good Friday

 

Romanian decorated duck egg shell showing Christ on the Cross

Decorated eggs for Sunday: See Trish’s lovely Easter display in the Village Bakery window or there’ll be a lot more in tomorrow’s post on this site.